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Bhattal kicks off Goldy’s campaign
Capt, key loyalists skip Cong rally; Sonia
seeks daily report
Amritsar, May 4
In a bid to contain rebellion in the state Congress and prevent “sabotage” of byelection campaign in Amritsar, the All-India Congress Committee has directed Bir Devinder Singh, chief spokesman for the party, to send daily feedback from Amritsar to its president Sonia Gandhi and other senior leaders.
Chief of the PPCC Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (extreme right) at the first Congress rally in the Amritsar (South) constituency on Sunday.
Chief of the PPCC Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (extreme right) at the first Congress rally in the Amritsar (South) constituency on Sunday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

IT returns of parties to be made public by mid-June
Chandigarh, May 4
To check corruption, accounts of political parties should not be beyond public scrutiny or even public view, rules the Central Information Commission (CIC).

Bobby Singh Samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s son in Lahore vandalised
Amritsar, May 4
The samadh of Sher Singh (1807-1843), son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and ruler of Sikh state of joint Punjab, in Lahore has been vandalised beyond recognition.
Bobby Singh, director, UK-based S.K. Foundation

International status sought for Pathankot airport
New Delhi, May 4
If the assurance given to Gurdaspur MP Vinod Khanna by union civil aviation minister Praful Patel is anything to go by, the backward border district of Gurdaspur may soon have a flight by the national carrier Air India.


Rural Poll
Papers of Cong nominees rejected; EC moved
Chandigarh, May 4
In a petition sent to the Punjab Election Commission today, the Punjab Congress has alleged irregularities by the ruling SAD-BJP alliance.

SAD poster raises hackles in BJP
Sangrur, May 4
Though the Sangrur district unit of the BJP is contesting two Zila Parishad (ZP) seats (Andana zone and Mangwal zone) on its own, a poster was today found pasted on walls in the Andana zone, claiming that Makhan Singh Chandu, SAD candidate, is a candidate of the SAD-BJP alliance for the zone.


To meet her family needs, a labourer sifts wheat from the leftovers at the grain market in Bathinda on Sunday.
To meet her family needs, a labourer sifts wheat from the leftovers at the grain market in Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera



Cong’s loss is SAD’s gain
Amritsar, May 4
Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Inderbir Singh Bularia today got a shot in the arm when two former councillors of the Congress joined the SAD here today.

Stay on Sarabjit’s Execution
Majithia gives credit to Badal
Chandigarh, May 4
Punjab information and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia today thanked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for getting the death sentence of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh stayed indefinitely.


Amritsar set to get makeover
Amritsar, May 4
A renowned US-based company of consultants on Friday presented a detailed project report for the complete makeover of the holy city in the coming months.

Minimum wages yet to be revised, says Sud
Chandigarh, May 4
Punjab labour minister Tikshan Sud today said news reports stating that the minimum wages in the state had been revised to Rs 3,300 per month were incorrect, as the minimum wages board had not taken any decision in this regard.

Illegal move against Punjabis in Riyadh vacated
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 4
Taking note of reports of alleged illegal detention and exploitation of a few Punjabis by officials of a transport company of Riyadh, Indian Embassy officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have directed company officials to stop the victimisation.

There were 2 Todar Mals: Historian
Chandigarh, May 4
The Punjab Virasat Chairtable Trust has donated Dewan Todar Mal’s Jahaz Haveli to the SGPC.

Tunnel found in Jahaz Haveli
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 4
A tunnel has been found in the Jahaz Haveli of Diwan Todar Mal here. The tunnel runs from ruins of the haveli to a well in fields nearby.

Carotid stenting safe: Study
Ludhiana, May 4
A recent study of Dr Hitinder Gurm, a graduate of the Christian Medical College here, has found less invasive procedure of carotid stenting is as safe in preventing stroke as open surgeries in patients with severe blockage of carotid arteries.

Farmers seek regular power supply
Sangrur, May 4
In the light of ploughing of nurseries of paddy seedlings by government officials throughout the state these days, the BKU (Ugrahan) has asked the state government to give at least six-hour daily power supply to tubewells to help farmers sow cotton, narma, green fodder etc in their fields.

Ramgarhia’s birth anniversary
CM greets people
Chandigarh, May 4
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today greeted the people of the state on the eve of the 285th birth anniversary of Jassa Singh Ramgarhia, the great Sikh warrior of the 18th century.

Minister ridicules Bush’s understanding of food crisis
Chandigarh, May 4
Ridiculing US President George Bush’s understanding of food crisis and holding India responsible for it, Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal today said Bush should thank India for bringing down wheat price in America.

Kanwaljit’s assurance to property dealers
Patiala, May 4
Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh has assured property dealers of the state to solve their all problems in the state.

Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander B.C. Roy Award for cardiologist
Chandigarh, May 4
The President of India will confer the prestigious B.C. Roy Award on Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, head of DMC Heart Institute.
Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander



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